Substitute the water with white, red or port wine. For kids, use red cranberry juice.
Lemon juice prevents the browning of the pears.
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For pears Belle Helene, serve the poached pears with vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce.
You can also serve the pears on large shortbread or scone halves, and then top with poaching syrup.
You can add whole spices of your choice when poaching pears: cinnamon sticks, star anise, cloves, cardamom, Szechuan pepper, allspice.